UPDATE: Solon Students To Be Honored By President Obama At White House
Four Solon High School students will be honored Tuesday during the White House Science Fair.
4:37 P.M. MONDAY UPDATE:
Solon Schools has announced the names of the students who will be honored Tuesday at the White House.
Solon High School's Andrew Mikofalvy, Lisa Guo, Katrina Mikofalvy and Kevin Sun will participate in the 2nd Annual White House Science Fair. Andrew Mikofalvy and Guo were on the high school science olympiad team last year and Katrina Mikofalvy and Sun were on the Solon Middle School team last season.
Solon science teachers Donna Ross and Drew Kirian, who serve as the SHS and SMS Science Olympiad team coaches, are accompanying the students to the White House Science Fair and recognition ceremony.
The science fair will highlight the achievements of student winners from major national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions.
The Solon students will showcase the devices they created for the Mousetrap Vehicle, Robot Arm, Towers and Sumo-Bots Science Olympiad competition events.
President Barack Obama will tour the Science Fair exhibits to see student work ranging from breakthrough research to new inventions. After the Science Fair he will share remarks to an audience of students, science educators and business leaders on the importance of STEM education to the country’s economic future, according to the White House.
The Science Fair event and Presidential address is in the East Wing at the White House Feb. 7 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Obama’s remarks will be live-streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
Four members of Solon's science olympiad teams will be honored by President Barack Obama Tuesday during the annual White House Science Fair.
Solon school officials say four students will be recognized during the event. The fair, according to the White House, celebrates "the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country."
The names of the students will be announced soon.
Last year, the Solon middle school and high school science olympiad teams each won the national championship.
"If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House," Obama said in a statement. "Well, if you're a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too."
Solon students have been honored at past White House Science Fairs. Last school year, Solon High School Olympiad Team co-captain Ojas Sathe and three-gold medal winner Stephen Tang were honored by the president.
Stay tuned to Solon Patch for more coverage this week about this story.